We are officially two weeks into spring time and traditionally most of us are grabbing for the cleaning supplies. I am a firm believer that having a clean space equals a clean mind. I’m not saying ignore your messy closet but take this time to evaluate the dust bunnies in your mind. The things perhaps you’ve swept under the rug but in your gut know need to be cleaned up.
They could manifest themselves in physical form or mental. Maybe it’s your ex boyfriends shirt in the bottom of your laundry basket that you’ve been holding onto or you’ve lost track of your health goals since making your New Years resolutions. Let go of whatever it is doesn’t serve you. Spring is a time for re-birth and it is never to late to check back in with yourself.
I cannot stress this enough. There are 168 hours in a week and we can all afford to take 7 out of them to spend an hour a day moving your body in some way. Maybe it’s that yoga class you promised yourself you’d make it a habit of going to. Moving your body is a great meditative practice and will instantly clear your mind. Find what time of day works for you and get in the routine of making it a regular practice. I suggest making it a part of your morning routine to set yourself up for success to take on the day. Think of it like brushing your teeth but for your mind.
2. Digital detox
It is perfectly ok to not immediately respond to that email or Facebook message. Social media and Netflix can quickly consume your entire day and night before you know it. Challenge yourself to an hour a day of social media and instead of binge watching your favorite show watch just one episode. Pick up a book instead and see what positive effects it has on your emotional state.
3. Out with the old in with the new
Making room for the new will instantly help you feel more organized. Haven’t worn something in over a year? Yeah me too. Get rid of it. Find a local organization that resonates with your soul and donate your old clothing, shoes, and accessories. If you can’t give back financially think of this as a way to “pay it forward”. The act of giving evokes gratitude and will boost not only your positivity but also those on the receiving end.
4. Embrace change
Not only do the seasons change but so do we. I always say people are in your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Evaluate the current relationships in your life and figure out what feels good. Have you ever noticed how you feel after spending time with someone? Do you feel lifted and inspired? Or do you feel drained? Maybe it is time for you to make a change and let go of what doesn’t serve you. Only you know what to do in this case.
As silly as it seems rest is so critical. When was the last time you slept for a solid eight hours? Get rid of distractions at night so you can get the adequate amount of sleep every night. When the sun goes down start turning the lights down in your home so your body can regulate melatonin properly. Remove all screens out of the bedroom at least an hour before bed and make sure to switch your phone to night shift. You want to make sure to avoid blue light before bedtime so pickup a book and pop a melatonin. Blue light confuses the brain mimicking sunlight so your body stops producing melatonin. Lack of sleep can lead to many health issues and a goodnight’s sleep will help you feel refreshed and restored.
Don’t just clean your floors this spring, make sure to check in with yourself, your goals, and most importantly your soul..
“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.”